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Elephant Rome by CYNE

"Creativity my deity; I worship uniqueness."

Artwork for Pretty Dark Things

I first caught Cise Star & Akin (MC’s for CYNE) on a few tracks from Nujabes. I was pretty damn impressed by how well they incorporated their voices into Nujabes’s sound, mainly because of their substantially differing backgrounds. I’ll actually feature one of the songs in my next post, so look out for that.

As for Elephant Rome, I wouldn’t say the beat is on par with what Nujabes produces, but it’s still fresh & on key. Both Cise Star & Akin take their rhymes and layer it on the beat with precision, but Akin seems to do slightly better job than Cise. He just seems a little more natural with the tune, where Cise is out of sync at times during his chorus lines. Other than that, it’s a great track that’s kept with me for a while; though i’ll admit I don’t listen to it as much as I use to.

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Artist Information:
Genre: Hip-Hop
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Cise Star (Clyde Graham): MC
Akin (Akin Yai): MC
Enoch (David Newell): Producer
Speck (Michael Gersten): Producer
Note: their name is pronounced sign and stands for Cultivating Your New Experience (CYNE).
Label(s): Hometapes Records | Project: Mooncircle | City Centre Offices
Albums: Time Being | Evolution Fight | Pretty Dark Things | Starship Utopia
Similar Artists: Substantial | Binary Star | Nujabes | Y Society | Common Market
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Track Information:
Album: Pretty Dark Things
Release Date: July 29, 2008
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